Pumpkin is being released everywhere…

26 Sep

In case you have not noticed, Libby’s Pumpkin has made its way back to the grocery store. Praise the Lord! I do not know about you guys, but it was getting tough to find Pumpkin. All that I could find was the organic brand which cost and arm and leg for a small can, or Stokely’s GIANT 32 0z can! Well you can never get enough, so Whit and had just been buying Stokely and freezing it.

Not only is Libby’s back, but so is everything Pumpkin at Einstein’sat least at our Einstein’s. We had and early release. Remember how the big day was not supposed to be until Sept. 29th? Well people could not stop asking about it, so we gave them what they wanted. 😉   

The release brought this….

 

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Well in other news nothing else too exciting really happened this week, except Whit and I managed to watch the whole first season of Dawson’s Creek on DVD. You are probably thinking, ARE THEY CRAZY? Well, the first season is only 12 episodes so it only averaged about 2 episodes a night. You get so tired during the week, and it is not like you want to go out and spend money any way, so some great advice to you guys is go buy a season of a show to watch. It is great to have when you just want to relax and have down time.  

Next weekend is Race For The Cure! Are you going to participate. All of us girls in the family have made it tradition. For the past few years we have signed up together. It is always such a memorable experience. I love waking up early to cool crisp Fall air, going to Starby’s, getting some free stuff before the race, and then beginning to walk to “I run for Life”. The whole day just gives me chills. I love being able to participate in such a great cause.

 

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Here’s a few eats of the week from TE kitchen:

 

Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism: Almond-Crusted Chicken

SERVES 4

  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4(4-to-5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
In the work bowl of a food processor, place the almonds, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, garlic, and salt. Process until coarsely chopped; the mixture will be a thick paste.
Arrange the chicken breast halves in a baking dish. Divide the almond paste and spread on the breasts; pat down to cover each breast completely.
Roast in the oven until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Loosely tent with foil and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

This chicken made the whole house smell amazing. Right when my mom walked in the door from work she said that she could smell something yummy. Seriously guys this is such a gourmet dish that is so simple. The whole family loved it!

Served alongside this meal was also some Cornbread. We got this recipe out of our Xagave book. It has got actual corn in it, which made it that much better 🙂 

Makes 16 servings

  • 4 tbsp. melted butter(I used Earth Balance)

  • 1/4 cup applesauce(I used unsweetened)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup low-fat milk

  • 1/3 cup Xagave(I just simple used agave nectar)

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

  • 3 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 cup corn, chopped

    Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9″ square pan. Beat together butter, applesauce, egg, milk and xagave until combined. Add cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt and beat until smooth. Stir in corn. Pour into greased pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

 

I also chopped butternut squash for the very first time. It is in season for Fall, and Whit and I have never prepared our own. What I learned…. is butternut squash is extremely hard to cut. Luckily, I found a sharp knife that was able to do the job.

 

Whit steamed the butternut squash with some apples, then topped them off with a drizzle of maple syrup and cinnamon. It was a warm little ending to this meal.  

 

Cracked into our last jar of SunLand PB.

Remember way back when we told you about Target’s Archer Farm All-Natural Dark Chocolate Pb? Target’s brand tastes like Reese’s PB cups… but SunLand’s literally taste like frosting! Seriously, I was expecting it to come out all runny like Target’s but instead it was scoopable just like FROSTING 🙂

 

This PB is craazzy good. Whit and I topped one of our many yogurt messes of the week with it.

I would recommend this PB for:
Topping cupcakes
-Oatmeal
-Making Fudge
-Banana Split
-On a vita muffin or rice cake(maybe with some fluff!)

 

 

Berry Patch Protein Oats have been a serious obsession this week. Whit and I had them 2 days in a row! Thanks Meg, this recipe is the best 😉

Plenty of snacks have been packed for on the go. This was a pear and granola thin!

Oh and we bought some more 5 hour energy for our Thursday night class! You better believe I pulled another all nighter and got my h.w. done.

This was probably the second best dinner of the week:

This was a La Tortilla Factory tortilla filled with the new Bleu Cheese Laughing Cow, shredded chicken that was drenched in hot buffalo wing sauce, jalapeno, and peppers. Then we put it on the press. I love buffalo pizza so this was just an alternative.  

 

We made Gracie’s PB Apple Crisp!

More Berry Patch Oats with the addition of banana and grapefruit juice.

Eggs, Manna Bread, Van’s Belgian Waffle.

Pear & Butternut Squash salad with corn bread.

Tofu Shirataki Noodles with chicken sausage, veggies, alfredo sauce, pesto, and toast.

 

Vanilla Siggis, mixed with Toffee Fudge Whey Protein, SF Cheescake Instant Pudding, then we froze it. Siggi’s is so thick that it worked perfect as fro-yo. 

And finally…. overnight oats!

This week is going to be hectic, but that is ok because the weeks are flying by! Even though tomorrow is Monday… just try to look at the positive. Trust me just take it day by day and you will get through it.

QOD: Are you participating in race for the cure? And what was the best meal that you had this week? 

❤ Court

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10 Responses to “Pumpkin is being released everywhere…”

  1. Sweet Cheeks September 26, 2010 at 1:18 PM #

    delicious eats as always girls!! Your dinner with the laughing cow and torilla sounds so good. I did race for the cure last year but have been so busy lately that I haven’t signed up! I will have to see if i am scheduled to work on that day otherwise I definitely want to do it!

    Hope you girls have an awesome week! xoxo

  2. Laura September 26, 2010 at 1:18 PM #

    Wow, that does sound like an amazing day! I love days when you do something that is a tradition for your family- always makes you feel so good inside!
    That chicken LOOKS amazing…let alone smelling amazing. I love when the house smells of something delicious….always tends to make me eat more though if there’s something delicious cooking or baking downstairs! YumYum!
    Those waffles look so good xx

  3. Meg September 26, 2010 at 3:24 PM #

    I LOVE pumpkin, berry patch oats (THANK YOU GUYS for the shoutout 😀 ) AAAND I love you guys, of course! I’m so glad you’ve been fueling up on such good stuff – oh my gosh I have SO many of your recipes bookmarked…and I have MORE to add to the list now 😉

    Race For The Cure is amazing and I’m so happy ya’ll are getting involved – inspiring for sure, I wanna get invovled as well and I know I should.

    Don’t let this week stress you out too much! I just did a post on stress actually, haha! Take a bath or bake to relieve stress, that’s my number one cure 😉

    Love ya!
    Meg

  4. Vanessa September 26, 2010 at 4:07 PM #

    That is some very yummy foods you had this week! I wan’t to try the P.B.apple crisp. My favorite thing I had this week was Panera Breads Fall salad (going to miss the summer one). It has lettuce,organic chicken,dried black cherries, pears, and feta cheese w/cherry vinagerette. Yumo!

  5. Molly September 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM #

    Best meal I had this week was a cottage cheese mess… cottage cheese, stevia, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and cheerios. Ahh it was so good. What brand of protein powder do you girls use? Because my chocolate doesn’t stand a chance against your toffee flavored! Bye!

  6. Rachel (tea and chocolate) September 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM #

    I’m the same way with watching marathon amounts of tv when school gets stressful. During my hardest semester, my roommates and I watched 5 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That was a bit much.

    Archer Farm’s chocolate pb is my absolute fave! If Sunland’s brand is somehow better than that, I must try it. 🙂

    Mmm cornbread. Just had that for dinner. It’s that time of year!

  7. Wei-Wei September 26, 2010 at 6:34 PM #

    I’m planning a huge movie marathon with my friend next Monday – it’s going to be epicccccc. I just love your meals, guys! Too awesome 😀

  8. highonhealthy September 26, 2010 at 9:35 PM #

    The best meal I had this week would have to be the Cashew-Ginger Tofu from ED&BV. It was SO good. I’m tempted to make it again this week.

    That cornbread looks really good! Very fluffy. 🙂

  9. Food and drink September 27, 2010 at 12:55 AM #

    Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading it. I will be back for more!
    Sincerely,

  10. Erika September 27, 2010 at 5:26 AM #

    Pumpkin never went away where I live! (Sorry…) I love cornbread…well I love any homemade bread! 🙂 Have a great week!

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